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A Letter To Our Purgatory Family

We hope you and your family and friends remain safe and healthy during these uncertain and challenging times. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families who have been hurt by this pandemic in one way or another, as well as the many courageous members of our community continuing to provide us with health care, first response and essential services while the rest of us stay at home to reduce the risk of exposure and spread of the COVID-19 virus. There is no playbook for how to respond to this situation, so we are doing what you are all doing: the best we can with what we have and what we know at the moment.
 
Over the last 3 years, we have weathered a bad snow season, wildfire, and now COVID-19. Despite these storms and while on this journey, we have worked tirelessly to live by our mission to “give people the freedom to ski” and do the best we can for our guests, employees, vendors and non-profit partners. We continue to monitor this situation closely, minute-by-minute, and wanted to take this opportunity to summarize some of the things we are doing at Purgatory Resort to support our community of key stakeholders, including our valued guests and season passholders.
  • Although all seasonal employees have now ended their winter employment, we are continuing to offer work and pay to approximately 100 year-round staff to perform essential duties, work from home or use accrued holiday and vacation time should they elect not to work due to the pandemic. A handful of employees have elected to take advantage of CARES Act programs as well if they qualify.
  • We are holding out hope we may still be able to offer a few more days on the snow this season. If we have enough snow and can provide a safe experience for our employees and guests after the stay at home and other public health orders are lifted, we will consider reopening for skiing off the front side of the mountain.
  • We have applied for financial assistance through the CARES Act Paycheck Protection and Economic Injury Disaster Loans programs, with the hope to keep our year-round staff employed for the foreseeable future and when we ultimately reopen the resort.
  • If local and federal health guidelines allow we will offer a vibrant summer season, opening for summer on Saturday, June 20.
  • We expect to launch our 2020/2021 season pass sale very soon, including new products, added values, and updated terms and conditions to reflect the new “normal” we all are forced to reconcile as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the economy and our businesses. We are excited to announce 1% of pass sales will go to supporting local small businesses affected by COVID-19! The beneficiaries will be named at a later date.
We can’t thank you enough for joining us during the 2019/2020 season – through the 109 days of operations and over 13 feet of snowfall we received. What could have been from March 15 to April 12 with the additional spring storms we experienced! But, it was not to be. When this is over, we know you’ll be eager to get on the mountain again, and we promise that we’ll continue to provide a place to find hope, community, and skiing. We believe better days are ahead, and we hope you do as well.
 
We look forward to sharing more information with you about next season’s passes in the coming days. In the meantime, we hope that you and your loved ones are doing well and staying safe. There are many more great times and great memories ahead, and we hope you’ll join us in creating them again soon.
 
On behalf of our entire team of 900 winter seasonal and year-round employees and managers, we sincerely appreciate your business. We would not be here without your continued support and shared passion for skiing and riding our great mountain.
 
Best regards,
 
Dave Rathbun
General Manager